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Calibration of HIFU intensity fields measured using an infra-red camera.

Shaw, A; Khokhlova, V*; Bobkova, S*; Gavrilov, L*; Hand, J* (2011) Calibration of HIFU intensity fields measured using an infra-red camera. J. Phys., Conf. Ser., 279. 012019

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A trend in HIFU technologies is to use 2D phased arrays that offer electronic steering of a single focus and formation of patterns of multiple foci. Conventional methods to characterize array fields using scanned hydrophone would be prohibitively slow given the potentially large number of focusing conditions. An alternative technique for rapid qualitative assessment of intensity distributions was recently developed [1, 2]. The method is based on infrared camera measurements of the temperature rises induced by low amplitude short ultrasonic bursts in a thin absorber. Here, the method is extended to estimate the absolute values of intensity in a field of a 2D 1-MHz randomized phased array. Two approaches were implemented. In the first approach it was assumed that the measured temperature rise at the surface of the absorber is proportional to the free field intensity. The second approach correlated the temperature rise measured in an absorber and calculated from the modelled acoustic field and the heat transfer equation. Corresponding correction factors between the free field intensity and temperature was obtained and introduced in the conversion of temperature images to intensity. Free field distributions in water and focusing through ribs were recorded and simulated. Good correlation between the measured and modeled results in both spatial distributions and the absolute values of intensity was demonstrated.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: HIFU, infrared, intensity
Subjects: Acoustics
Acoustics > Ultrasound
Identification number/DOI: 10.1088/1742-6596/279/1/012019
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2018 13:14
URI: http://eprintspublications.npl.co.uk/id/eprint/4982

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